Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology Aminath Shauna has reiterated the government’s stance on the fine imposed on Afcons Infrastructure Limited for the damages caused to Villimale’ reef. Despite the appeal lodged by Afcons, Minister Shauna affirmed that the government will not waive the fine of USD4.5 million, which was imposed under the Environmental Protection and Conservation Act and its regulations.
During a parliamentary session, Minister Shauna highlighted the government’s commitment to upholding EPA standards and ensuring the safety of the environment. She emphasized that the government has imposed fines of more than USD38.9 million in 40 cases of violation of EPA standards over the past four years. The government is also determined to hold those who act against the law accountable.
The EPA’s assessment report and the report submitted by the platform owner indicate that the platform’s parts and removal efforts caused significant damage to the reef. The damage spans across 2,755 acres of the area, with large holes as deep as 10ft. Despite the magnitude of the damage, the government remains resolute in its commitment to protecting the environment and enforcing EPA standards.